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NFL Network to feature former Bills QB Jim Kelly ‘A Football Life’ Friday, November 3

Jim Kelly in 2010 photo by By Staff Sgt. Corenthia Fennell, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

​​‘Jim Kelly: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, November 3 at 9:00 PM ET​

“I can go on and on, all of the ups and downs in my life. But the Lord was preparing me for what I’m doing now and that’s hopefully making a difference for others out there.” – Jim Kelly

NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Friday, November 3 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. The one-hour show produced by NFL Films features sitdown interviews with Kelly, his wife and daughters, Hall of Famers Marv LevyThurman ThomasAndre Reed and Bill Polian, and more.

Each episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on smartphones through NFL Mobile from Verizon, and via Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile, Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps), PC (NFL.com/watch), Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV).

Throughout his life, Jim Kelly has been defined by his toughness and his ability to pick himself up following hardships. No matter the circumstance – suffering a serious shoulder injury his senior season at the University of Miami, losing in four consecutive Super Bowls, the loss of his son Hunter Kelly, his cancer diagnosis – Kelly has displayed an ability to fight through and to not be defeated.

Among the topics discussed in Jim Kelly: A Football Life are:

  • Playing at the University of Miami after Penn State only offered him a scholarship to play linebacker
  • Kelly’s decision to play in the USFL after being selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 1983 NFL Draft
  • Eventually playing for the Buffalo Bills following the collapse of the USFL in 1986
  • The birth of the K-Gun offense
  • Kelly’s perseverance to overcome the loss of his son Hunter Kelly and his cancer diagnosis

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Jim Kelly: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Jim Kelly

Jill Kelly – Wife

Camryn Kelly – Daughter

Erin Kelly – Daughter

Frank Reich – Bills teammate

Steve Tasker – Bills teammate

Darryl Talley – Bills teammate

Thurman Thomas – Bills teammate

Andre Reed – Bills teammate

Marv Levy – Former Bills head coach

Bill Polian – Former Bills general manager

Howard Schnellenberger – Former University of Miami head coach

Vic Carucci – Buffalo News

Provided below are some select quotes from Jim Kelly: A Football Life:

“I can go on and on, all of the ups and downs in my life. But the Lord was preparing me for what I’m doing now and that’s hopefully making a difference for others out there.” – Jim Kelly

“His ability to want to get up off the floor, get off the deck and stand again, that’s the part that really came to the forefront when he was sick.” – Darryl Talley

“My agent looked at me and goes, ‘Is there anywhere you don’t want to play?’ I go, ‘Oh yeah. I don’t want to play for Green Bay, I don’t want to play for Minnesota and I sure don’t want to play for the Buffalo Bills.’” Jim Kelly

“Never in the history of the NFL has a player walked out of a tunnel with more – forget about pressure – expectation placed on him.” – Steve Tasker

“Joe Klecko and company just start beating the living daylights out of him but for Buffalo fans, they saw that Jim had this fire in him. They saw that Jim would take the hit and just like that bounce right back up.” – Vic Carucci

“The best part about it and the reason I’m in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is coach [Marv] Levy put his job security on the line. He let me call all of the plays.” – Jim Kelly

“In the football chapter of his life, did we come up one game short? Yeah. But at the end of the day, when you look at the whole story, if it’s not all about helping other people out and bringing people together and fighting battles together and going through victories and defeats together – if that’s not being a hero I don’t know what is.” – Frank Reich

“After Hunter was gone, Jim just hit a dark place but came out of that stronger than I’ve ever seen him. Came out of that more of a man than I had ever seen. Came out of that time incredibly humble and compassionate in ways that he had never been before, and he’s never been the same since.” – Jill Kelly

This year, the 13-episode season of the highly-acclaimed series A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET. Below is a broadcast schedule for the remaining episodes of A Football Life:

  • November 10 – Larry Fitzgerald
  • November 17 – Eddie George
  • November 24 – Joe Gibbs
  • December 1 – Jerry Jones
  • December 8 – Aeneas Williams
  • December 15 – John Randle
  • December 22 – Lynn Swann & John Stallworth

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